Emission monitoring drones deployed in Lithuania

APRIL 15th, 2021 – Sandnes, Norway – Nordic Unmanned, alongside NORCE Norwegian Research Centre, started to assist the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in supporting the Lithuanian Authorities in the enforcement of sulphur oxide (SOx) emission regulations. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) service is offered under the contract of the European Maritime Safety Agency to the Lithuanian Authorities.

EMSA OP10 LIT

The operation, which utilizes the world-leading Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100, commenced on the 22nd of March 2021 and is estimated to last for 3 months.

Knut Roar Wiig, CEO at Nordic Unmanned stated: "It is with great satisfaction to see the deployment in Lithuania commence. We are proud to assist in the work to reduce marine air pollution, through the enforcement of the SOx regulation. This is of great significance to increase the air quality along the coastal waters and communities through ensuring a more environmentally friendly maritime industry. We take great pride in being a pioneer in this field, pushing the unmanned industry further."

Thor Arne Håverstad, acting CEO at NORCE is proud of the fact that NORCE, an expert in drone-emissions, contributes to such work: - "This new way of detecting SOx, through using our drone expertise makes it easier to control that the green changes in international emission regulations are taking place."

The consortium led by Nordic Unmanned, and partner NORCE Research Institute AS, ensures that vessels comply with the IMO 2020 sulphur regulations. The RPAS detects if the exhaust of the monitored vessels exceeds the limitation according to the regulations in place through IMO 2020. Should vessels utilize fuel with a sulphur concentration greater than 0,1%, they are likely to receive inspection at the next port of call.

About Nordic Unmanned

Nordic Unmanned delivers comprehensive data solutions through industry leading expertise, to assist both public and private customers in the transition to unmanned technology. The focus is to support demanding clients by collecting time-critical data with the use of unmanned technology.

Founded in 2014, the company has offices in Sandnes, Oslo, and Frankfurt, and has quickly become one of Europe's leading providers of unmanned systems and services, with operations across the continent. The company is ISO 9001-2015 certified by DNV-GL for the operation, maintenance and sales of unmanned systems and sensor technology.

For more information visit nordicunmanned.com

About Norwegian Research Centre

NORCE is one of Norway's largest independent research institutes, with more than 700 employees from around the world. The main office is in Bergen, but the group has a strong presence in Alta, Tromsø, Bardu, Bodø, Haugesund, Randaberg, Stavanger, Kristiansand, Grimstad og Oslo.

The largest stakeholders in NORCE are the University of Bergen, the University of Stavanger, the University of Agder and UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

For more information visit: - https://www.norceresearch.no/en/about-us